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Thursday, September 5, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen Rick in the Smoky Mountain National Park. April-May Highlights Rick and Kasey started April having hiked 274 miles. April 15 found them at Fontana Dam in the Smoky Mountain National Park in Hot Springs, NC. They came across the first mileage sign with Katahdin, ME listed. The end of the trail, just a few more miles! They came across a couple from Florida who takes their vacation every year to come to the trail and give out unexpected acts of kindness along the trail. It is called trail magic because when you least expect it, but need it the most, it seems it is there with exactly what you need. Rick had run out of Motrin and when they came to a shelter, in- side the mailbox, was a large bottle of Motrin! Trail Magic! The first sign for Kasey and Rick with the finish line shown in miles. Trail Magic. It is a tradition on the tTail to acquire trail names, usually given to you by your fellow hikers. Kasey's trail name is Orange Peel and Rick is now known as Sparky. Some fellow hikers are known as Bubba, Catnip, Butch and Sundance, Sweet Pea and many others. The highest miles per dayso far are 24.9. April 19 was. Kasey's 22nd birthday. They had hiked all day in a torrential downpour, with water up to their ankles. Tem- perature plummeted that night and wet clothes and shoes were frozen solid. After that day, they took an extra day and stayed at a hostel for breakfast and a warm bed. Snail and Turtle on their second attempt at the trail. Stratton Family Appalachian Trail Journey Second in the Series They meet a couple from Germany, Snail and Turtle, on their second attempt at the trail. Kasey has some killer infected blisters and got a script for antibiotics. Arrived in Damascus, VA with injuries. Rick is having a lot of pain and swelling in his leg. Might be a stress fracture and the doctor x-rays the leg. Staying in Damascus for three days to heal. The view down into the valley near Erwin, TN. As of April 27 they have hiked for 467 miles and are in their fourth state. Near Erwin, TN the trail will go into a pasture so you need to climb over a stile. Cows don't mind, but watch out for the bulls. One of the stiles Rick and Kasey crossed on the trail where they crossed paths with cows and bulls. Kasey'slackpacked for a time. Slackpacking is when you just carry a day pack and leave your heavy back- pack with someone who will transport it for you from place to place. You can cover more miles when you have less weight. May 10, Rick and Kasey have hiked 530,7 miles with some injuries. Kasey's foot still has blisters and Rick's leg is still painful but no fracture. May 14 at Grayson Highlands State Park, the trail goes through the park, they have wild ponies and one became attached to Kasey. Kasey on some of the rugged terrain they encountered. Rick on the Virginia-Tennessee state line. Terrible Winds encountered on a mountain in Vir- ginia. Twelve miles to the next shelter, decided to come down from the mountain to the roadside and shuttle to town. Looking for shelter, Rick found a privy and opened the door to find a man and woman inside and they ended up with ninehikers in the one privy. Hitched a ride to Troutdale, VA and now have hiked 630 miles. Virginia has more miles than any other state on the trail, about 550. These camping essentials included the stove to warm water for the Starbucks coffee Kasey brought along. The mug is made of titanium and very lightweight. Photos submitted. May 27, took a zipline across the river to camp at "The Captain's," a former thru hiker who invites hikers to camp in his back yard. Dinner included Ramen noodles and salmon. Kasey and Rick plan to have AT (Appalachian Trail) tattooed on their feet if they are able to finish the trail. 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